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Bulletin Board Feb. 19

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Diocesan Business

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Churches reminded of screening requirements
As parishes hold their annual vestry meetings, incumbents and churchwardens are asked to ensure that individuals nominated for election to high-risk ministry positions (particularly churchwarden) are aware of the screening requirements under the Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith policy. For more information, see the Implementing Screening Standards page.

Diocesan Events

Save the date: Clergy Conference
The diocesan Clergy Conference will be held from May 27-29 at Brock University, with Bishop Michael Curry as a keynote speaker. Registration will open on March 4. More information will be announced at the Clergy Pre-Lenten Day on Feb. 26.

Service celebrates black heritage
The Black Anglicans Coordinating Committee invites everyone to the 24th annual diocesan Black History service on Feb. 24 at St. Paul, Bloor Street. This year’s theme is “Journey into Light: Giving Thanks for our Ordained Ministers.” The preacher will be the Rev. Ian LaFleur. Music starts at 4 p.m., and the service starts at 4:30 p.m. To learn more, download the flyer.

Last chance to register for clergy pre-Lenten day
Clergy are invited to a day of fellowship and learning in preparation for Lent with special guest Brother James Koester, SSJE. It will take place on Feb. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John, York Mills. Register online by Feb. 19. The event will also be live streamed through the Diocese’s YouTube channel.

Parish leaders invited to workshops
Every year, the Diocese holds parish leadership workshops in each episcopal area shortly after vestry season. All parish leaders, especially those who are new to their positions, are strongly encouraged to attend. The dates are:

  • York-Scarborough: March 23 (morning)
  • Trent-Durham: March 23 (afternoon)
  • York-Simcoe: April 6 (morning)
  • York-Credit Valley: April 6 (afternoon)

Times, locations and meeting materials will be posted on the Parish Leadership Workshops page as they become available.

Area clergy invited to Lenten retreat
The York-Credit Valley Clergy Lenten Retreat will take place on April 4 at St. John’s Convent. It will be led by Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, SSJD, who will draw on her love of scripture and art in leading participants to reflect anew on the journey of Holy Week. The program is open to all active clergy in York-Credit Valley. Space is limited to 40 clerics, and registration is required. Register online by March 14.

Date set for cricket festival
This year’s Anglican Church Cricket Festival is scheduled for June 15 at Creditview Sandalwood Park in Brampton. Anglicans across the diocese are invited to join the 11 churches already planning to participate. For more information, contact Ranil Mendis at

Parish hosts book launch
St. Matthew, Islington is hosting a book launch party for Three Score Ten: Reflections on Aging and the End of Life by the Rev. Dr. Merv Mercer. Featuring reflections and selected readings by the author, it will take place on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and books will be available for $20. RSVP to

Registration open for lay anointers training weekend
The annual lay anointers training weekend will take place from May 24-26 at St. John’s Convent. This event is for individuals recommended by their clergy to be trained and equipped for lay anointing in the parish. Supervising clergy will attend for two hours on Saturday. Learn more and register online.

Service recognizes churchwardens’ ministry
The York-Credit Valley churchwardens’ commissioning service will take place on March 31 at 4 p.m. at All Saints, Kingsway. Clergy, churchwardens and guests should register online by March 22.

External Events

Parish nurses invited to education day
The Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry is holding a church health education day open to all nurses, health care providers, faith leaders and anyone interested in faith community health. It will take place on May 24 from 1-5 p.m. at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ont. For more details, see the poster. Email for more information and to register.

Campaign advocates for reducing emissions
Citizens for Public Justice is launching its third annual Give It Up for the Earth! postcard campaign this Lent. Individuals pledge to reduce their personal carbon footprint while calling on the federal government to end public financing of the fossil fuel sector and invest in renewable energy and skills development. To obtain postcards for your parish, contact Elin Goulden at


New Gathering Rites approved
Bishop Asbil has approved for trial use in the Diocese additional Gathering Rites for celebrations of the Eucharist. These rites have been prepared by the Liturgy Task Force of General Synod for the Paschal Cycle (Lent and Easter). They can be accessed on the national church’s website. The task force asks those who use these texts to complete an evaluation form at the end of the Lent and Easter seasons.

Reach Grants support missional ministry
Is the spirit of God prompting you to try a new ministry idea to reach those not currently served by traditional church? Do you have the time, the people and the vision but need some help with resources? Let us help you achieve that missional vision with a Reach Grant. Submit a proposal to by March 22. The pitch day for proposals is April 4. Visit the Reach Grants page for more information.

Cottages on Lake Simcoe available to clergy
Anglican clergy (licensed priests and deacons) and their families are invited to rent cottages at a reasonable cost at the Church Camp on Lake Simcoe in July and August. Two- and three-bedroom cottages are fully equipped except for bedding and towels. Rental costs are $1,006 for a month, $610 for two weeks or $356 for one week. Request a rental online. For more information, contact the Rev. Julie Golding Page at

Job Postings

Parish seeks associate priest
St. Christopher, Richmond Hill is seeking a passionate full-time associate priest to help grow the church and minister to the changing needs of its English congregation. For more details, see the job post. Send a resume to the Rev. Canon Philip Der at or call 416-712-0295.

Director of music wanted
All Saints, Sherbourne St. is seeking a director of music for its small but growing Sunday congregation. This part-time position is based on four hours per week. See the job post to learn more. Forward a resume and cover letter to the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Church seeking caretaker
St. Aidan, Toronto is looking for an experienced caretaker to work approximately 15 hours per week. Duties would include cleaning and maintenance, snow removal and grounds-keeping, and small, basic repairs as needed. Remuneration is $20/hour. Send a resume and questions to the church office at

Parish seeking bookkeeper
Church of the Redeemer, Bloor St. is looking for a bookkeeper. This is a part-time position at about 1.5 to 2 days per week. Compensation is commensurate with appropriate experience. A job description is available upon request. To apply, contact Shirley Westmore at 416-922-4948 or by Feb. 28.

Church seeking organist & choir director
St. John the Baptist, Norway is seeking a creative and enthusiastic church musician to fill the role of organist and choir director. The position is 15 hours per week, plus wedding and funerals, with salary established according to RCCO guidelines. For more details, see the job post. To apply, send a letter and CV to by Feb. 20.

Volunteers wanted
Holy Trinity, Trinity Square is seeking volunteers to welcome tourists, spiritual seekers and homeless or street-involved people to the church on weekdays. To learn more, see the position description. Contact Kate Werneburg, volunteer coordinator, at or 416-598-4521, ext. 225 to apply.

Parish seeking Sunday School teacher
Our Saviour, Don Mills is seeking a Sunday School teacher. The pay is $15 per hour for two hours each Sunday, which includes a 45-minute class for four to eight children and an hour and 15 minutes for travel and preparatory time. A satisfactory police record check is required. Call the church office at 416-385-1085 to set up an interview.

Choir seeks section leaders
St. Philip on-the-Hill, Unionville is seeking a bass section leader and a tenor section leader for its choir. These are paid positions. Contact the director of music at